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Chemicals that are fatal, blind, burn, cause asthma, in our cupboards! "HALL OF SHAME" Revealed

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I receive the regular email updates from the EWG and I always enjoy checking out their newest research and development. This year they are working on compiling a database of chemical cleaners that are super toxic and why. This guide will help the public know which cleaners are the most hazardous so that we can keep them out of our homes.  I am so glad that they’ve given us an early release of their database (official release date is fall 2012)! Below I will include the link so that you can download the Official Sneak Peak of the Cleaners Hall of Shame Guide! It’s colourful and easy to read too.

My House & Good-bye to Endocrine (Hormone) Disruptors!

It’s important to me to be cautious of what I’m eating and absorbing through my skin, and I find myself pretty careful about which cleaners I buy, but maybe I should take a second look! About a month ago I fully got rid of fragrances, fabreeze and scented candles because of the chemical that has hormone altering properties (endocrine disruptors).  We have an escarpment of nasty chemicals right now in our homes, under the sink, in our laundry rooms and in our cabinets. This guide is a handy resource and you can download it for free!

Here are some shameful facts that they outline in the guide, including pictures and lists of products that are worst offenders: Green Washing, Banned Abroad, Drain Cleaners that can Burn and Blind, Oven Cleaners that Omit Toxic Fumes, Mystery Mixers, Fatal if Inhaled, Fatal if Swallowed, High Hazard Ingredients, Combating Static with Toxic Chemicals, Spray Cleaners with Asthma Causing Ingredients, 100+ Hidden Chemicals, Undisclosed Chemicals in the Air, Dead Zone Detergents.

Green Tips

I really like that they offer a bright side and give us a “Green Tip” after each section to help us! I hope that this resource can make your home greener and cleaner too! Feel free to include your feedback below in the comments section.

Click here to view the sneak peak of the guide: Cleaners Hall of Shame – EWG 2012

 Here is an example of the chemcial ingredients in one Fabreeze product tested by the EWG:

There are 87+ chemicals in Febreze Air Effects, listed in order of their toxicity to humans  (Sourced directly from: The Sustainable Baby Steps Website)

  • BHT – Known as a neurotoxin, endocrine disruptor, immunotoxicity, non-reproductive organ system toxicity, skin eye and lung irritator
  • Acetaldehyde – Known to cause cancer, toxic to reproduction and development, immunotoxin, non-reproductive organ system toxin, skin, eye and lung irritator
  • “Fragrance” – One of the three ingredients actually disclosed, it’s a neurotoxin, immunotoxin and allergen
  • Propylene Glycol – Causes cancer, allergies, toxic to immune system, accumulates in the system, non-reproductive organ system toxin, is classified with “enhanced skin absorption” and irritates the skin, eye and lung
  • 1,3-Dichloro-2-propanol – Carcinogenic (causes cancer)
  • Limonene – Allergen, immunotoxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Methyl pyrrolidone – Toxin to reproduction and development, allergen and immunotoxin, non-reproductive organ system toxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Alcohol denatured – Also disclosed in the ingredients of Febreze, it’s linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Butylphenyl methylpropion al – allergen, immunotoxin and and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Ethyl acetate – linked to developmental/reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, organic system toxicity and and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Geraniol – Linked to allergies, immunotoxicity, organi system toxicity and and skin, eyes and lung irritation
  • Linalool – allergen, immunotoxin, and and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Benzaldehyde – neurotoxin, and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Diethylene glycol monoethyl ether – non-reproductive organ system toxicity
  • Ethylhezanol – developmental and reproductive toxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Hexyl cinnamal – allergen, immunotoxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator
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3 Comments → “Chemicals that are fatal, blind, burn, cause asthma, in our cupboards! “HALL OF SHAME” Revealed”

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